Japanese bronze vase of gourd shape modelled in high relief with a climbing frog up the side, its eyes inlaid in shakudo, signed with chiselled characters Yoshimitsu zo
義光造, Taishō period (1912-1926).
The tomobako wood storage box inscribed on the front Hisago-gata kaeru kabin 瓢形蛙花瓶 (gourd-shaped flower vessel with a frog) and on the reverse Mukoda kinsei Yoshimitsu saku with seal 向田謹製, 義光作 (made by Yoshimitsu, respectfully manufactured by Mukoda) with seal Yoshimitsu よし光.
The artist Nishimura Yoshimitsu 西村義光 was born in 1899 and his art name was Hokuryo Sanjin 北陵山人.
The frog (kaeru) in Japan is symbolic of fertility and good fortune that will return, as the word in Japanese also means "to return”.
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